MADISON, WI / RALEIGH, NC – As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands – the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope.
“People are confused by this whole witness requirement,” said Barbara Beckert, an advocate for Disability Rights Wisconsin, which was part of a lawsuit that unsuccessfully challenged the witness mandate. “Voting absentee is complicated. To get it right, you have to follow a lot of very specific rules.”
WAUKEGAN, IL – The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn’t outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say there isn’t much the teen can do to stop it.
Kyle Rittenhouse surrendered to police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, a day after prosecutors say he shot and killed two protesters and wounded a third on the streets of Kenosha on Aug. 25. If convicted of one of the most serious charges he faces, he would be sentenced to life in prison.
MADISON – The state is making more money available to help small businesses in Kenosha recover from damage during recent unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, officials announced Wednesday.
MADISON – The University of Wisconsin-Madison lifted quarantine orders for two of its largest dorms on Wednesday, on a day when the state added 56 hospitalizations from COVID-19 complications to its record total.
WASHINGTON – Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States’ efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments.
MILWAUKEE – Demonstrations in Wisconsin over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Louisville, Kentucky police officers in Breonna Taylor’s death were relatively peaceful with protesters in Milwaukee blocking traffic on an interstate.
– Park Falls Police Department is investigating two incidents when a man approached middle school boys earlier this month. It’s an incident that the City of Park Falls Chief Jerome Ernst says he has not experienced in the last 30 years.
“This type of report is very rare for us, but you see these types of things happen. You now all over the place, Park Falls is not exempt.,” Ernst said.
Ernst says back on September 8th, a middle school cross country runner was approached by a man after his practice near Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. The man told the boy that he was from ‘Up North’, and was asking for help to find the hospital. The second incident occurred on September 16th, when a man matching a similar description was seen on Saunders Avenue in Park Falls near Hines Park. When he approached two boys who were also in Middle School.
“The person only stated ‘Do you want to race’, and the kid just kinda ignored him, because he is a stranger, and he wasn’t comfortable about it,” Ernst said. “The other child however, tells us that the person said, ‘Do you want to race me to my house. If you win I’ll give you some prize or treats’, Something like that,” Ernst said. Then last Friday a man matching a similar description was also seen in Wausau. According to a Facebook post and video posted online, he was accused of watching a group of girls. “The description of the individual, looks a little bit like the person in the video. Although it’s hard to tell because the videos are a little bit shaded and dark. The vehicle is definitely not the same like it is in Park Falls,” Ernst said. However, Park Falls and Wausau Police Department are partnering up to see if the incidents may be connected. Even if the cases are not connected, Ernst says it’s a good reminder of stranger danger. “If you are going out to play or do things or walk over to the park, stay in groups with your trusted friends or family. Talk to them about stranger danger. Not to immediately trust, a new person or strange person,” Ernst said.